As a keen junior astronomer Michael Silver built a telescope at the age of 14 and began a life-long love affair with photography by photographing the moon. Soon after, in his first job, at Allan's Studios in Collingwood, he worked with glass plate negatives. At Latrobe Studios in South Melbourne he once worked through the night to make a fifteen-metre print of Marilyn Monroe (for a nightclub!) literally racing against time to finish before dawn light could ruin the exposure. Eventually, in the late 1980s, he would be one of the first photographers in Melbourne to embrace digital technology. A press photographer by inclination, he worked on Australian and Fleet Street newspapers in the 70s and 80s and has worked freelance in Melbourne since 1985 for clients such as the University of Melbourne, Tenix Defence, Toyota, Premier's Department and numerous charities.